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Monday, March 5, 2012

Trail Report Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade 3/5/2012

Thanks to the warm breezes drying things out in the Valley over the past few days, I have achieved the Grand Valley Spring Trifecta- Skate skiing on endless fresh groom Saturday, 50 miles on the road bike Sunday and the Mountain bike on the Western Rim today.

Last time we were out here was Christmas Day...a very different ride indeed. The snow is all but gone out here, the Meadows have started to green up and the ancient redrock seems fresh against the spring sky.

The Castle Valley Sandtraps rode remarkably well today- I give it a 7 out of 10 on the Rabbit Valley Sand Ride-ability Scale. The red dirt on the Kokopelli Trail portions and the Western Rim Proper was pretty stinking chewed up and soft- not exactly your tacky hero dirt. Felt a little like the brakes were rubbing the whole way...I give it a 5 out of 10 on my Western Rim/ Kokopelli Ride-ability Scale.
This particular section of the Western Rim continues to confound me. How wide will this become before the BLM lays out some trail barriers? In Utah they use downed Juniper everywhere to coach the clueless back onto course- A far cry from the less aesthetic, but painfully effective buried tires of old school BMX tracks.
this is the other 1/2 of the same curve- I have come to refer to this bend in the trail as "Too Much Freedom Curve". I mean, seriously, when it comes to single track in the desert, how many choices do riders need or deserve? Western Rim is doomed without some aggressive intervention- and perhaps, a little less freedom. Long story short folks- the trails are drying up nicely after last week's wet snow dump and it is time to RIDE! There are plenty of damp and muddy spots in the north facing and shady areas and any precipitation will make them worse so watch the forecast and, as always, we would really appreciate it if you could bring yourself to ride through the puddles or WALK around them.

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